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IPAF to trial virtual reality advanced operator tests using simulators

31 July 2019 Email this article

After several months of development and fine-tuning, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has announced it is ready for “controlled trials” of its PAL+ advanced operator assessment in a virtual reality (VR) environment using MEWP simulators. In 2018, IPAF led an industry-wide consultation into this new technology and produced a detailed strategy paper based on the ... more

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Government must delay disruptive VAT changes to avoid construction chaos, says Federation of Master Builders

31 July 2019 Email this article

The Government has not properly prepared the construction industry for major VAT changes coming in October and needs to delay their implementation to avoid chaos, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in a letter to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury. This comes after new data published by the FMB shows that over  two-thirds of construction SMEs (69%) have not even hear ... more

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Contractor fined after fall through skylight

31 July 2019 Email this article

A London-based construction company, Modern Ltd, has been sentenced after a worker fell through a skylight. Hendon Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 12 May 2017, a worker was carrying out cladding work from a flat roof in Chiswick. In collecting his tools, the worker walked across, a covered skylight, which he assumed to be strong enough to take his weight. The worker fell through this s ... more

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Company and director fined following worker's fatal fall from a tree

31 July 2019 Email this article

A property investment company and its director have been fined after a worker fell from a tree and sustained fatal injuries. Nottingham Crown Court heard how on 27 September 2017 untrained workers were tasked with taking down a large, dead sycamore tree on Ebers Road in Nottingham using a chainsaw. One worker went up a ladder and used the saw to cut a branch, which when released swung back at the ... more

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Construction company fined after a junior bricklayer is injured in fall from height

31 July 2019 Email this article

Construction company Trumax Building Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches after an employee under the age of 18 fell 2.62 metres through a stairway opening at a site in West Butterwick, Scunthorpe. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 18 May 2018, the operative was working on the first floor of a house being built at a development property on North Street. He was using a ... more

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Facelift becomes CITB-approved Training Organisation

1 July 2019 Email this article

Facelift is now a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Approved Training Organisation (ATO). This means that any business registered with the CITB can now automatically receive grants for any recognised training courses delivered by Facelift. This currently includes IPAF, PASMA and Ladder Association training, with other courses expected to be added in due course. Grants start from &p ... more

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Level playing field needed for SMEs, says Federation of Master Builders

1 July 2019 Email this article

Following the publication of the Government's consultation response to the 'Creating a responsible payment culture' call for evidence, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the public sector to lead by example in order to tackle scourge of late payment. The trade body argues that in order to make things more fair for SMEs, the public sector should offer smaller contracts which ... more

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Offsite construction to go mainstream with £1.2m CITB investment

1 July 2019 Email this article

Offsite construction has received a boost, with £1.2m in funding for training materials from the CITB. As a result of this investment, industry and education will have free access to a range of standardised, innovative and blended learning materials focussing on offsite construction – the manufacture and assembly of construction components ahead of installation onsite. Research has s ... more

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CSCS loophole closed

1 July 2019 Email this article

The CSCS skills card scheme is ending an exemption to the CITB health, safety and environment test from September. CSCS card applicants are usually required to gain a recognised construction related qualification (usually an NVQ or SVQ) as well as pass the CITB safety test within the last two years. However currently, if the applicant has achieved an SVQ or NVQ in the last two years they do no ... more

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New apprenticeship standard for lift truck and powered access technicians

1 July 2019 Email this article

Following industry-wide consultation, a new Level 3 Lift Truck and Powered Access Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard and end point assessment (EPA) has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. The 36-month course will be recognised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Instit ... more

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